Sociology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English, Dutch
University rank #59 (ARWU) ,
Are you interested in the complex interaction between individuals and their social environment? As a sociologist you understand how complicated living in a society can be, and you are equipped with knowledge and skills to find solutions for a variety of societal challenges. The Sociology programme is offered by the University of Groningen.


The Sociology programme is offered by the University of Groningen. The Master's degree programme in Sociology primarily focuses on policy development and research. The various specializations invite students to engage at a deeper level with the skills and knowledge they developed in their Bachelor's degree programme.

University of Groningen Master's students in Sociology can choose from four specializations:

  • Sociology of Employment Relations & Life Course
  • Crime and Safety
  • Sociology of Health, Care and Wellbeing
  • Social Studies

All the specializations in this Master's degree programme help you develop a general conceptual framework that can be applied to a variety of social issues. In addition to compulsory course units within your specialization, you also follow a number of electives.

The degree programme is concluded with an internship and a thesis. We also offer an Educational Master's degree programme in Social Studies.

Job prospects:

Sociology is a multi-faceted degree programme. Sociology graduates occupy a variety of positions. They find work as researchers at a university or specialized research agency, policy officers at a municipality or ministry, consultants for a consultancy agency, teachers or journalists. They work in a variety of sectors, including healthcare, education and security, primarily in the public sector, but also in the corporate sector.

Job examples:

  • Policy advisor
  • Policy researcher
  • Socioscientific researcher
  • Journalist

Programme Structure

Programme options:
  • Crime and Safety
  • Sociology of Health, Care and Wellbeing
  • Sociology of Employment Relations & Life Course
  • Social Studies 
  • Social Networks in a Sustainable Society 
For more information, please visit the programme's website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Dutch
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Sociology or a completed University of Groningen pre-Master's programme in Sociology. The pre-Master's programme is a one-year full-time programme. Students can only start in September. The degree programme covers 60 ECTS and consists of core modules in Sociology. 
  • If you have any deficiencies in connection with Statistics and Research Methodology then we offer the possibility to take pre-master courses.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14200 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2006 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Groningen

750 - 1000 EUR/month
Living Costs

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